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Discussion: Headache

in: Carbon's Offset; Carbon's Offset > 2017-09-18

Sep 18, 2017 8:36 PM # 
I hate to be a worrier but this makes me oh, so nervous. I had another long chat last week with our biking friend who felt better 24 hrs after his fall, then had issues pop up a year later. It's been 2 years of altered life for him since then. Phone Goose some time; they're friends and Goose' daughter had a concussion too, so he has lots of experience. I know all three of these athletes would say: Take it more slowly than you think you need to.
Sep 18, 2017 10:16 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Thanks for this. Yes, I'm quite comfortable chatting with Goose about this and seeing what he thinks.
I thought the "goes away with exercise" was a very positive sign, suggesting that exercise was okay, but I should check with someone who knows. Slice mentioned that someone in her clinic specializes in concussion assessment, or I may see someone in Calgary as I am stuck there a lot these days with work.

Thanks for worrying about me :)
Sep 18, 2017 10:52 PM # 
In the same situation, I would really want to get active again. I would read scientific papers and convince myself it was OK to return to my normal life - and chances are, it would be fine. I totally get it! I'm probably worrying for nothing but my friend's talk of suicidal thoughts (from severe pain that couldn't be controlled and showed no sign of abating) scared the crap out of me. (Not Goose.)
Sep 18, 2017 10:58 PM # 
There have been a few studies published recently that exercise during recovery doesn't worsen outcomes so there seems to be some slight change from the "do nothing" school of thought. I think if your symptoms were worsening after exercise (i.e. easier to get a headache, headache that persists, etc) I would be more worried.
Sep 19, 2017 2:37 AM # 
Initially, Goose thought his problems occurred when his HR got above a certain level but it was actually caused by the visual patterns of the trees in the forest, not the exercise itself. Turns out he was able to ski in the middle of a frozen lake but not on a ski trail. One time he saw this photo on my AP log, started to feel ill and had to close his computer.

Every concussion is different, and our other friend's headaches became much worse when he tried some of the visual exercises that helped Goose.

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